The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Jul 17, 2013

Florida's Stand Your Ground law was central in the acquittal of George Zimmerman.  The verdict has drawn criticism for many states with similar laws in place.  Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks says she does not foresee the George Zimmerman trial affecting the status of the law in Alabama.  Alabama's law was adopted in 2006, it says a person can't be the initial aggressor and then claim self-defense. 

Rate Structure

Alabama Power defended its rate structure before the state's utility regulatory board Wednesday.  Daryl Dewberry, International Vice-President of United Mine Workers of America and supporter of Alabama Power says if the energy giant can't defend itself effectively jobs will be lost.  On the other hand, Stephen Stetson with Alabama Arise says the rate structure the company uses is nearly 30 years old and may not be as effective as it once was.  The Commission is expected to make a decision in September. 

Waste Recovery

Curbside recycling is finally coming back to Montgomery, but without the orange bags or any separating of materials by residents.  Representatives of Infinitus Energy along with city  and chamber of commerce officials announced the company is building a Renewable Energy Park on Louisville Street in north Montgomery.  CEO and founder of Infinitus Energy, Kyle Mowitz says his company recycles 75 percent of the trash it receives.  Montgomery residents will still dispose of their trash the same way once the facility is up and running.  All of the recyclables will be separated at the Energy Park.  Construction on the nearly 82,000 square-foot operation is scheduled to be complete by June 2014.  The company plans to hire 110 employees. 

Deadly Crash

A Deatsville woman is dead following a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Elmore County Road 257.  42-year-old Kimberly Croft was killed when the SUV she was driving left the roadway and overturned.  Croft was not wearing a seatbelt, she was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the Elmore Community Hospital.